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Judges Berate Spammer For 'Incompetent' Litigation

mrraven OMG a judge... (143 comments)

...not ensnared in crony capitalism. Faints. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Chase Bank May Drop Support of Chrome, Opera

mrraven 2001 called... (398 comments)

They want IE6 back, who knows why? There is a serious point though *lazy IT departments who push us towards IE6 because they haven't updated in a damn decade make the internet less secure, and less free. :(

more than 4 years ago
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Grateful Dead Percussionist Makes Music From Supernovas

mrraven Far out maaaaaaaan... (57 comments)

Gives a new meaning to that old tired hippy phrase...

more than 4 years ago
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Black Soot May Be Aiding Melting In the Himalayas

mrraven Irration exuberance ie markets fatal flaw... (336 comments)

Yeah the bankers choosing the wrong algorithms to calculate risk on derivatives, a speculative real estate bubble, and no background check loans for houses had nothing to do with the crash right Curunir wolf? Note these actions were all chosen freely by market actors with no government coercion involved whatsoever. Even the Libertarians big hero Alan Greenspan admitted there was a "flaw," after the crash, look it up if you don't believe me. The problem with conservative Libertarians is you guys are all about responsibility until *you guys* fuck up, and then guess what, it's the "gubmints" fault. How about banksters and real estate agents looking in the mirror and manning up about a serious screw up? Too bad tax payers were left holding the bag on that one, I read for 1.4 trillion we could have paid off *all* Americans sub prime mortgages thus preventing Americans from being foreclosed *and* bailing out the banksters sketchy derivatives. Of course that makes too much sense because it benefits everyone as opposed to a chosen few rich people, right?

And note I actually cheer on Ron Paul and Libertarians when they challenge empire abroad, and police state at home and challenge why a private bank the Federal Reserve mints our money, that is all good stuff. Too bad your faith in the 100% rationality of market actors is so misplaced. Hint greed distorts peoples ability to choose rationally during bubbles which occur often, look up "irrational exuberance."

more than 4 years ago
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Black Soot May Be Aiding Melting In the Himalayas

mrraven Mixed markets more sustainable, stable (336 comments)

How many people have a choice though when it comes to say MS and their locked in proprietary formats that you may need for work or to communicate with other businesses? The so called "free market," is empirically actually quite a bit less free than idealist Libertarians state it is. Much like Communism pure Libertarianism looks good on paper, and in practice? Not so much...

And p.s. have fun driving on government paved roads, and eating your lunch which is poison free thanks to FDA inspections, and withdrawing money from your government propped up bank because free market capitalists were so Fing stupid about about "commercial paper," while you bitch about the terrible, horrible, government.

Anyone who is actually paying attention to the way the world actually works and who doesn't have an ideological axe to grind realizes a mixed economy that preserves competition, but that also has regulations like Glass Stegall, environmental regulations, and a basic social safety net is more stable, sustainable, and provides a better quality of life for it's citizens. Communism vs. laisez affair capitalism is a false dilemma for neither of those has been shown to work by history. A mix of small businesses, co-op, and regulated big businesses with unions and a social safety net OTOH seem to come through with both the innovation that the market drives and a decent sustainable standard of living for all.

Europe ring a bell?

Hopefully all you net.libertrains.greed.greed.greed learned something about the fallibility of markets in the last 24 month of market crash fail. You so called conservatives do care about stability and prudence don't you ala Edmunde Burke, don't you? Or is your dirty little secret that you call yourself "conservatives" but are really advocates of unstable constant churning change? Make sure to say hi to the kids in Bhopal and Shell's Nigeria the next time you genuflect before large corporations. K, thks, by

more than 4 years ago
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Israeli Knesset Approves Biometric Database Law

mrraven P.S. (303 comments)

If you can't see the difference from the U.S. immoral but sadly at the time legal acts and Israel's clearly illegal acts there is no hope for you. You cynical conservatives are all about "the rule of law," except when you aren't of course, sigh!

more than 4 years ago
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Israeli Knesset Approves Biometric Database Law

mrraven Re:Thanks for telling the truth about Israel (303 comments)

That was done before there was international law covering the rules of war and was alas immoral and a done deal, but yes I think we ought to for example give Native Americans more reservation land and compensation for the land stolen from them. As for Texas screw the Spaniards who were *also* land thieves but yes it would be nice if we were moral enough to choose to compensate the native people displaced. As for Israel their *illegal* land theft took place in 1967 well after the rules of wars prohibited nations from annexing land to their territory. That makes this a *legal* case as opposed to the moral case in the case of U.S. land theft. This makes the surviving Israelis leadership both civilian and military from the 1967 war criminals who ought to be prosecuted and locked away, as should the current leadership that illegally annexes land through the separation (apherteid) wall and through settlement expansion. A pox on the state of Israel and all it stands for which it has gained through suffering and commission of crimes. All the American Jews who support this criminal state are also complicit in these crimes IMO. Same for Americans who actively support our own American war criminals BOTH Bush and Obama.

more than 4 years ago
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Israeli Knesset Approves Biometric Database Law

mrraven Re:Thanks for telling the truth about Israel (303 comments)

Nice ad hominem attack, but actually everything I said is true, there is documentation in the form of letters that Irgun was ready to deal with the Nazis had the Nazis won, follow my link to mainstream lefty Counterpunch for more details, and the war crimes Israel committed against Gaza are well documented in the Goldstone report I linked to. Whether or not we should defund Israel is of course a subjective opinion and as such is not falsifiable but rather a subjective opinion you either accept, or don't accept. My *opinion* is that Israel has committed enough crimes against humanity that American citizens ought to stop funding their government with our tax dollars. I feel the same BTW about our own neo-con war criminals of both Republican and Democrat variety.

Thus in sum, I am the one here who has linked to sources Zionist apologist, and the one who also knows the ontological difference between verifiable facts (provided) and opinions (discussed) and you? Not so much... That was seem weak soup Hasbara, try again, this time with linked *facts* and feeling, m'k?

On the plus side at least you had the guts to respond as weak and undocumented as your response was, the cowardly Zionist tool who marked me down OTOH is cowardly.

more than 4 years ago
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Israeli Knesset Approves Biometric Database Law

mrraven Thanks for telling the truth about Israel (303 comments)

Thanks for stating the actual fact of the matter about Israel's use of terrorism to steal the Palestinian's land, something that is almost never discussed in overtly pro Zionist public school history courses or our heavily biased mainstream media. Fortunately it's getting harder for Zionists to hide the truth now that we have the web to do research about the continuous history of human rights abuses from the state of Israel's origin in terror and collaboration with the Nazis:

http://www.counterpunch.org/brenner1223.html

(Don't be shocked Zionism is a racist ideology just like Nazi fascism, birds of a feather...) To Israel's war crimes continue to this day against the displaced people of Palestine as is documented in the Goldstone report:

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/10/01/un-us-block-goldstone-report-must-not-defer-justice

The ongoing crimes against humanity by the government of Israel require two responses IMO:

1. That good hearted Jews who are appalled by Israel's ongoing crimes follow the good example of fellow Jews Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, and Norman Finkelstein and denounce Israel's crimes against humanity loudly and clearly and to call out fellow Jews when critics of Israel's crimes are falsely labeled "anti-Semetic."

2. That the U.S. government should cut off all aid to Israel until it complies *completely* with U.N. resolution 242 requiring Israel to return to it's recognized under international law border at the green line. Annexing territory after military victory as Israel has done and continues to do with expanding the settlements is a crime against humanity under international law. IMO our government ought not to fund war criminals whether it be our own unauthorized by Congress and thus unconstitutional foreign wars, or Israel's egregious crimes against humanity that are so cruel and destabilizing to the possibility world peace.

I wish I could say I was shocked by Israel keeping a database using facial recognition software of all it's citizens, but sadly I think Israel has descended nearly to the depths of the racist police police state that nearly unjustly destroyed the Jews as a people in the Holocaust. Nietzsche said if you stare in the depths of the abyss long enough you become that abyss something sadly the leadership of Israel has not learned. :(

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Says Brain Implants Could Control Computers By 2020

mrraven MS Windows for brainstems... (314 comments)

Microfsoft Windows for brainstems will never ever crash how could you think such a thing? OS X for brainstems will make you a better interior decorator. Linux for brainstems will come with 27 different incompatible brain managers, and will *always* download the correct libraries required to eat your dinner everytime, plus you will be able to hack your brain with open sores software, how cool is that?

more than 4 years ago
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100 Million-Core Supercomputers Coming By 2018

mrraven 1999 called... (286 comments)

They want their Matrix fan back...

more than 4 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

mrraven Glenn Beck (177 comments)

Will someone please tell Glenn Beck the medical benefits are of *large* doses of CO? Thanks your friend the direct action radical commie, pinko, fascist...

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone Gets .Net App Development

mrraven Re:Left fuckers (327 comments)

Never, a Libertarian is just a greedball Republican who smokes pot.

about 5 years ago
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EA Spends 3x on Marketing Than Development

mrraven Re:Why is this a surprise? (442 comments)

"I don't get this woman thing."

Don't worry dude that just makes you one of the crowd on /.

more than 5 years ago
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Twitter Offline Due To DDoS

mrraven Twitter hype (398 comments)

All the shallow newspeak condensation of texting with character limits with all the interactivity of e-mail circa 1975, as far far as I am concerned the twitter hype can't die fast enough. Fo course it makes $ many for large centralized corporations as shallow people update us on how they just finished eating a cheeseburger (isn't that fascinating?) so we dare not question it, right net.Libertarian$?

more than 5 years ago
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Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies

mrraven Re:Waiting for it... (467 comments)

It's metaphor, dumbass not a proof in logic. The point is the OP is behaving like a Nazi and I was showing how hatred and brainwashing work by rewriting his metaphor which is about literature not science. Now go back to your low level tech job where creativity isn't required and let the big boys hash out world politics.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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How to warn my relatives about online poker fraud?

mrraven mrraven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mrraven writes "I have a relative, lets call her Jane for the purpose of this story. Jane is not terribly computer literate and seems bound and determined to play offshore (from U.S.) online poker. I am quite concerned that at some point Jane will suffer from a phishing attack and identity theft. Is there some web site or way of explaining to her what these dangers are in clear non technical language? I assume BTW that other slashdotters are suffering from similar situations? Are there more general ways to combat the inumeracy that lays at the bottom of the fascination with gambling?"
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Can cellphones end poverty?

mrraven mrraven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mrraven writes "The New York Times has a long article on cellphone design for the third world and whether ubiquitous cellphones can help end poverty. Is this truly helpful? Or do people in developing countries have more pressing concerns like rising food prices, decent housing, clean water, medical care, etc?"
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Life on Mars uses hydrogen peroxide as anti-freeze

mrraven mrraven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mrraven writes "According to an article on CNN a new interpretation of 30 year old data by Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen of from Mars Viking lander data indicates a possibility that Martian soil may be .1 percent of biological origin:

"Houtkooper believes their presence would account for unexplained rises in oxygen and carbon dioxide when NASA's Viking landers incubated Martian soil. He bases his calculation of the biomass of Martian soil on the assumption that these gases were produced during the breakdown of organic material." Article at:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/08/23/mars.soil .life.reut/index.html?iref=mpstoryview"
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mrraven mrraven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mrraven writes "Bill Gates said in this BBC article

""DRM is not where it should be," said Mr Gates, reported blogger Steve Rubel. "In the end of the day incentive systems (for artists) make a difference," said Mr Gates. "But we don't have the right thing here in terms of simplicity or interoperability," he added."

Is this just a tiny reform that still leaves us the un-freedom of DRM, or do Slashdotters feel a more universal DRM would make copy protection easier to use (swallow?)?"
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mrraven mrraven writes  |  about 8 years ago

mrraven writes "According to Ronald Reagan's former deputy secretary of the treasury in this article in Counterpunch , globalization is destroying U.S. I.T. jobs. According to the fine article:

"During the past five years (January 01 — January 06), the information sector of the U.S. economy lost 644,000 jobs, or 17.4 per cent of its work force. Computer systems design and related work lost 105,000 jobs, or 8.5 per cent of its work force. Clearly, jobs offshoring is not creating jobs in computers and information technology."

Is the U.S. on it's way to becoming a third world country of burger flippers?"
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mrraven mrraven writes  |  about 8 years ago

mrraven writes "According this BBC article the Browzar I.E. privacy application contains adware even though the company that makes it claims it contains no adware, malware, or spyware.

"The Browzar website states the application contains "no malware, no spyware and no adware."
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"Overture is used by many search engines and sites including ITV, Lycos and Altavista. But many of these sites keep sponsored links separate to search results. Browzar does not."

Is it becoming increasingly common for software companies to lie about the presence of adware in their software?"
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mrraven mrraven writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mrraven writes "According this article (requires registration) at Techworld Faraday cages can keep your wi-fi signal from leaking where you don't want it to go:

From the article:

Making a large building into a Faraday cage involves encasing the building in a thin layer of conductive material or metal mesh. In physics, a Faraday cage or Faraday shield — named for the British physicist Michael Faraday, who discovered the phenomenon in the 19th century and built the first iteration in 1836 — is an ingenious application of Gauss' law.

Tinfoil hat for an entire building, or ingenious lock for the 21st century?"

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